Ramakanta Biswas

Chhattisgarh Police has arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in loot and sale of wheat, pulses and other food grains supposed to be transported to Bhubaneswar.  

The arrested duo has been identified as the driver and helper of the truck. Two trucks used in the loot have been recovered from Kakatpur in Puri district today. 

As per sources, Vikash Agarwal, a trader from Bhatapara in Baloda Bazar district of Chhattisgarh had sent wheat, pulses and other food grains worth Rs 18.10 lakh to be supplied to a trader in Bhubaneswar. However, instead of delivering the item, the truck drivers fled with the food grains.  

Bhatapara police had launched a probe into the matter following a complaint from Agarwal and traced the two trucks in Kakatpur. The police said the truck owner colluding with the drivers sold the food grains by forging documents. 

“On August 18, 2022, two trucks laden with wheat, pulses and other items worth over Rs 18 lakh left for Bhubaneswar. However, the drivers instead of supplying the items to destination brought the trucks to elsewhere. The truck drivers prepared forged documents and registration number and sold the food grains. The trader, Vikash Agarwal had lodged a complaint in this regard,” Narendra Kumar Nishad, sub-inspector of Bhatapara rural police station said.

“We have traced the two accused and arrested them. After producing them in court, we are taking them on a transit remand. Further investigation is underway,” he added.